December 2013 eNews


It is usual that at this time of year things will start to quiet down.  However, the KCP continues to keep its ear to the ground (or snow in many cases!) and has identified a number of great resources, opportunities and events to share with you.  


As always, feel free to share your events, resources or opportunities with KCP by emailing   


2014-2015 Steering Committee Dates:

Mark your calendars - we've set the meeting dates for the upcoming 2 years!



Thursday, January 16

Thursday, March 13

Thursday, June 19

Fall AGM - October 3-4



Thursday, January 15

Thursday, March 12

Thursday, June 18

Fall AGM - October 2-3


Wigwam Flats

The Nature Trust of BC 

The Nature Trust of British Columbia is fundraising to acquire the last privately owned lot at Wigwam Flats near Elko and create a land management endowment. The Wigwam Flats area is one of the most strategically significant and important wildlife habitat sites in the East Kootenay. The natural complex of grasses, shrubs and forested ecosystems provides a first class winter range for elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer and bighorn sheep. To donate, please visit or call toll free 1-866-288-7878.


Ecosystem Restoration Volunteers Honoured

RM Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program and Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society

Two longtime members of the East Kootenay Wildlife Association (EKWA) were honoured recently for their contribution to ecosystem restoration.  Glynn Killins of Kimberley and Andy Pezderic of Golden represented the Wildlife Association on the Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program (ER Program) and Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society (Trench Society) from 1996 - 2013.  Click here for details.


Who is training tomorrow's conservation biologists? The gap between academic and applied conservation. 

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)
We have some great relationships with many universities and colleges, but in a world that is putting more and more demands on our biodiversity, we need to be more proactive about creating and fostering these relationships so that we can find solutions to pressing and often urgent real-world problems. Theories and theoretical ecology are important, but without application and on-the-ground relevance, they do little but fill the pages of journals.  Click here to read more.  

Symposium ignites an important dialogue on future watershed governance in the Columbia Basin 

Columbia Basin Watershed Network (CBWN)

Over 120 people travelled to Fairmont Hot Springs to build a cross-cultural dialogue on watershed governance in the Columbia Basin. The CBWN and Symposium Planning Committee would like to thank the many facilitators, presenters, moderators, working group sessions leaders, note-takers, and attendees who made this dialogue possible. A special thank you to our sponsors who supported the event.  To explore the Proceedings, click here.

Reaching Out About the Environment

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) Partner Feature - CBEEN

One of the main ways to help people understand the Columbia Basin environment and inspire them to take care of it over the long term is by providing opportunities to learn about it. That's why CBT has a focus on environmental education, which it fulfills in part by partnering with the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN).  Click here to read more.


Columbia Basin Trust (CBT)

Request for Qualifications: Graphic Designers, Web Designers, Photographers and Videographers

CBT will require a number of qualified graphic designers, website designers, videographers and photographers for upcoming projects in 2013 through 2015. CBT is seeking to develop an ongoing relationship with qualified respondents who have the capacity for quick turnaround on projects and who can deliver to high professional standards.  Click here to view the Request for Qualifications.  Deadline: December 12, 2013, 3 p.m. PT

Ktunaxa Nation

Project Biologist 

The Biologist is responsible for managing environmental and fisheries related research, monitoring and restoration projects and providing scientific biological support to the Canadian Columbia River Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission (CCRIFC), the Ktunaxa Nation Council and the CCRIFC member communities in their work to steward fisheries and aquatic ecosystems and to develop community stewardship capacity. Closes December 11, 2013.  Click here for details.  


Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)

Wild Voices for Kids (WVFK) Community Educators

Are you a forester or geographer?  A biologist or mountain guide?  Do you have some unique knowledge or skill you want to pass on to students?  If so, CBEEN would like to talk to you!  Wild Voices for Kids (WVFK) provides training and assistance with program development, promotes presenters and their programs, and provides honoraria to Community Educators (CE's).  The best part is that CEs can work as often or as little as their schedules permit, making it very simple for underemployed TOCs, retired educators, or even working professionals to get involved.  For more information please contact program coordinator Susie MacDonald at or click here.  



Real Estate Foundation of BC 

Deadline: January 10, 2014     

The Foundation supports three project areas: the built environment, fresh water sustainability and sustainable food systems. Requests of up to $20,000 are accepted until the deadline. Larger requests involve a two step process.  Click here for more information.


Canada Summer Jobs

Deadline: January 10, 2014
The federal government subsidy program, Canada Summer Jobs, has announced a change in the application process. They will start accepting applications on December 2, 2013 until January 10, 2014 for summer 2014 student hiring. These new dates will allow for employers to be notified about their application status earlier. Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Bird Studies Canada Baillie Memorial Fund

Deadline: January 15, 2014

Small grants of up to $1000 support projects that engage the skills and enthusiasm of amateur naturalists and volunteers to help us understand, appreciate, and conserve Canadian birds in their natural environments. Click here for more information.

Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program (WTCP)
Deadline: January 31, 2014
This program provides up to $50,000 annually to projects in the Waneta area that promote conservation and restoration through research, physical works, and other on-the-ground or applied projects.  Eligible projects include research, species inventories, educational programs, development of management plans, habitat creation (restoration, rehabilitation), weed control, habitat protection and land acquisition.  Click here for more information and to apply.

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Deadline: February 15, 2014         

Funds amounts under $2500 for community habitat, restoration, gardens and education projects. Click here for grant guidelines. 

BC Protected Areas Research Forum - Connected Landscapes

December 3-5 - Connecting Landscapes - Kamloops, BC

Researchers and managers from NGOs, First Nations, regional, provincial, territorial and federal park systems, universities and colleges will convene for workshops, conferences, posters and sharing.  Click here for more information.

Christmas Tree Cutting - Nature Conservancy of Canada
December 7, 2013 - Marion Creek Benchlands, BC
Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada for some holiday fun!  Location maps available at the Invermere office or by email. Please RSVP (Ph: 250-342-5521) by December 5th so the elves can have a warm beverage for you and some goodies!
Columbia Basin Trust and the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program  
Conserving and enhancing fish and wildlife in the East-Kootenay Koocanusa Region

December 9, 2013 - Fernie 
Stanford Resort, 100 Riverside Way 
AFTERNOON: Drop-in open house: 2 p.m. - 2:30 pm; Community workshop: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m
EVENING: Drop-in open house: 6:30 - 7 p.m.; Community workshop: 7 - 9 p.m.
December 10, 2013 - Cranbrook 
Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort 
209 Van Horne Street South
AFTERNOON: Drop-in open house: 2 p.m - 2:30 p.m.; Community workshop: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
EVENING: Drop-in open house: 6:30 - 7 p.m.; Community workshop: 7 - 9 p.m. 
Wade Davis: The Wayfinders - Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World
7:30pm, Dec. 10, 2013 - Invermere Community Hall

Come celebrate United Nations International Mountain Day in Invermere with Wade Davis. Named by the National Geographic Society as one of the Explorers of the Millennium, Wade has been described as "a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all life's diversity". Wade's presentation, "The Wayfinders", addresses the urgent need for us all to respect and preserve the cultural richness of traditional peoples around the world, from the Amazon to the Andes; from Nepal to British Columbia.  Admission is Free! Donations will be gratefully accepted.  Tickets are available at Circle Health Foods and The Book Bar. Though it's free, you'll need a ticket to get in. Please note - ticket holders must arrive at the event BEFORE 7:15pm to guarantee their seats.

Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in BC and Beyond 
January 27-29, 2014 - Duncan, BC  
A forum to support skills and capacity-building for watershed groups, First Nations, and community watershed champions. Click here for details.  
Resource Roads in BC: Environmental Challenges at a Landscape Level - Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology

May 14-15, 2014 - Nelson, BC

This conference hopes to address road-network effects and management responses for addressing landscape-level environmental and social impacts.Talks will summarize the positive and negative effects of road networks across large regions or landscapes.Call for presentations closes on November 22, 2013.  For more information and registration, click here 



Blackfoot Challenge


Heart of the Rockies Initiative


Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent



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Duncan Whittick

Administrative Assistant